Best Indoor Smart Security Cameras in 2022
(Pocket Ribbon) – Smart indoor cameras are an excellent security step for your smart home, providing a view of the inside of your home when you need it.
With almost all smart indoor cameras — including top picks from Ring, Arlo and Nest — you can use your smartphone to check things in via a companion app and provide alerts when motion is detected in certain zones.
However, there are plenty of additional considerations to consider when making a decision, such as night vision capabilities, subscription costs, two-way audio, and compatibility with Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri.
You will also have to decide what kind of indoor camera you want to pay for. In general, more expensive choices work both indoors and out and offer better features, while the market is now full of budget-friendly indoor-only devices that just provide the basics.
That’s where we can help. The Pocket-lint team continuously tests and reviews all indoor security cameras to give you an idea of the very best options on the market for smart home cameras.
For those who need something that can withstand the conditions of the great outdoors, we’ve got a separate guide to the best smart outdoor security cameras. However, if you’re looking for the best indoor security camera, read on to discover the best choice.
What are the best indoor security cameras right now? Our ‘Top Pick’ is currently the Google Nest Cam (indoor, wired). However, this is closely followed by the Google Nest Cam (indoor, outdoor, battery), Arlo Essential Indoor Camera, Ring Stick Up Cameraand SimCam 1S.
Our top picks: the best indoor security camera
Google Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor, battery)
Battery powered for easy indoor or outdoor placement Great video quality
In return for
Expensive 1080p resolution only
Google Nest offers a number of different camera options, but the Nest Cam (indoor, outdoor, battery) is one of the most versatile, weatherproof and battery-powered.
It also has a magnetic mount for easy installation and it offers great video quality while also continuing to record if there is a wifi outage.
A subscription is required to access all of the features on offer, but, like our top picks, there are also plenty of features that are offered without a subscription.
This isn’t the cheapest security camera — or even one with a catchy name — but it looks great, plays great with Google’s ecosystem, and offers easy setup.
Google Nest Cam (indoor, wired)
The Google Nest Cam (Indoor, Wired) is the company’s best indoor camera yet, considering its asking price. Currently, it is also our top recommendation.
It offers a beautiful design, excellent image and video quality, and features such as two-way audio and brilliant integration with the Google Home platform.
Some of the features on offer require a subscription, but you’ll also get plenty without a subscription, and the Nest Cam (indoor, wired) can distinguish between people, animals, vehicles, and standard gestures so you can tailor your notifications accordingly.
There are cheaper options on the market for indoor security cameras, but none of them look quite as attractive as the Nest Cam.
Indoor security cameras we also recommend
There are many indoor security cameras on the market now. So while we’re always happy to have a top recommendation, we also know that it might not be for everyone, especially those who prefer Amazon Alexa over Google Assistant.
We believe that the Google Nest Cam (indoor, wired) is currently the best option in terms of design, price, features and performance, but there are four other models that we also highly recommend.
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
In return for
Ring Protect subscription required
Ring may be best known for its doorbells, but the Stick Up Cam Battery is no slouch. In fact, we would consider it one of the very best cameras to place in your home.
This is primarily due to its sheer versatility. You get the choice of placing this indoors or out, with features like night vision, two-way audio, and compatibility with Alexa and Echo Show devices all working very smoothly.
However, to get the most out of it, you’ll need to sign up for the Ring Protect plan. It allows you to view the video history, not just the live feed.
We wouldn’t find it as appealing as Google Nest cameras, but this is ideal for cameras embedded in the Alexa ecosystem.
Arlo Essential Indoor Camera
Privacy Shield Flexible Connectivity
In return for
No Free Cloud Storage Cheaper Rivals
Arlo offers a long list of smart home camera options, but the Essential Indoor Camera is the best choice for those who want a single indoor camera.
It’s wired, so you’ll need an outlet within 6 feet of where you want to place this camera, but it doesn’t require a hub to connect to, which connects directly to your Wi-Fi network.
There’s also a unique feature in the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera, which is that there’s a built-in privacy shield, so you can be 100% sure it won’t be watching you when you don’t want to.
Other features include night vision, motion alerts and 1080p resolution from the 130-degree lens. There is also two-way audio. One thing to remember, however, is that you need a subscription to access cloud storage.
MicroSD Storage Loud Siren
In return for
No cloud storage option Notifications can be a bit heavy
The SimCam 1S indoor camera is an affordable, attractive indoor camera that comes with several mounting options, giving you a great deal of versatility.
There are plenty of features onboard, including 60-foot person detection with facial recognition, 360-degree pan function with 22-degree tilt, and two-way audio.
It’s IP54 water and dust resistant, has a built-in siren and also comes with microSD storage, so no subscription required.
Its video recording capabilities are also good, and while it’s far from perfect, the SimCam 1S is a great affordable indoor camera.
Other Indoor Security Cameras We Considered
To choose the best indoor security cameras on the market for this buyer’s guide, Pocket-lint’s editorial team spends hours researching and reviewing different options. A number of factors are taken into account – not just our own experiences, but also consumer reviews, brand quality and value for money.
Like our other guides, there are some options that didn’t quite make it to our top five, but they’re still excellent considerations. Some are even better suited to you and your home, depending on the criteria you’re looking for or the budget you have in mind.
How do you choose the right security camera for indoors?
There are plenty of options these days when it comes to indoor security cameras.
We’ve listed the best ones we’ve tested in the feature above, but there are also some things you can apply if you pick the right one for you.
How much to spend on an indoor security camera?
As you can imagine, this really depends on what you want from your indoor security camera. As we mentioned, the more expensive options usually allow you to place them indoors or outdoors, but if you know you only want it for indoor use, you can opt for a cheaper model.
However, quality usually comes with a higher price tag in this area, and while the cheaper options still offer some good features, you get a lot more with the more expensive models. If you’ve already invested in a smart home assistant, such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple’s Siri, you’ll want to make sure the camera you choose is compatible with your other devices. For example, Nest plays great with Google, while Ring plays great with Amazon.
Should I choose battery powered or wired?
Whether you choose battery or wired depends on where you want to place your indoor security camera. Most wired options come with a decent length of cable, but you’ll still need an outlet nearby and be aware that the wire will be exposed.
Battery options are great because they offer more versatility in placement, but the downsides are that they are sometimes larger and you should also remember to charge the camera when it starts to run low.
Do I need a monthly subscription?
The answer to this depends on which model and brand of indoor security camera you choose. For some, a subscription is not necessary as they offer microSD for storage. For others, a monthly subscription is required to view video history or access more features.
If you just want to see a live feed from your indoor security camera, such as your dog’s check-in, then you may not have to spend too much on the monthly subscription. However, if you want video history, you should probably make sure to consider the respective costs when choosing.
More about this story
Every smart camera on this list has been extensively tested in real home scenarios, just like you would use them in everyday life.
As part of our ongoing smart camera reviews – and for this buyer’s guide as well – we always measure exactly how the current range of indoor options compare.
With smart cameras, as with any field of consumer technology, there are many considerations when ranking different options. Design, features, privacy, performance, subscriptions and value are all very important, and are areas that we assess on each individual device.
It is of course not possible to provide a ‘perfect’ list of recommendations for everyone’s needs, but we focus on the above areas and the opinions of the experts of the Pocket-lint team to do our very best in this respect.
What we always avoid when putting together these picks are unnecessary spec comparisons and marketing jargon; we just want to provide an easy-to-understand summary that gives you an idea of how to use each camera. Our statements are concise, but this is purely for the sake of brevity. Rest assured, all the things on this list are fully tested.
Written by Britta O’Boyle. Editing by Luke Baker.